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01/02/2002 Marcel Avram sued Michael

Concert promoter Marcel Avram has sued Michael Jackson, claiming the pop star is looking for another promoter for an as-yet-unannounced world tour despite a signed agreement with Avram. He is seeking in excess of $20 million in damages.

According to the complaint, filed last week in Superior Court in Santa Barbara County, Avram -- who handled Jackson's 1992-93 "Dangerous" and 1996-97 "History" tours -- was asked to pay a substantial amount of money Jackson owed to doctors in Germany.

Avram's attorney, Skip Miller, declined to say why Jackson owed money to German doctors and why he didn't pay it himself. He did say, however, that the amount was several hundred thousand dollars.

In exchange for Avram's paying the doctors, Jackson agreed in writing that Avram would promote his next world tour. But, the suit alleges, Jackson is believed to be negotiating with other unknown parties regarding the promotion of his upcoming tour. Jackson has not responded to phone calls and letters from Avram, said Miller, who works at Christensen, Miller, Fink, Jacobs, Glaser, Weil & Shapiro.

Also pending is a suit Avram filed in June 2000 claiming the pop star backed out of two millennium concerts planned for Sydney and Honolulu. In that case, Avram is seeking in excess of $25 million for lost profits plus expenses for two charity concerts he arranged for Jackson in Seoul and Munich.



29/01/2002 "What More Can I Give"


Michael Jackson recently finished mixing on the single What More Can I Give, the project features some very big names in the music business. The single is, unfortunately, on hold.



29/01/2002 "Unbreakable" update

Unbreakable, the next short film which will feature Michael Jackson will have a worldwide release in the month of March 2002. A track listing for the single is still undecided aswell as the featured remix artists.

Michael has been busy working on the choreography for the past two months, insiders report that Michael's moves are sharper than ever! Unbreakable will feature a stunning set piece including some out of this world special effects.



29/01/2002 Michael Jackson in VIBE Magazine

Don't miss the new issue of VIBE magazine with Michael Jackson on the cover!
The King of Pop has granted an exclusive interview to VIBE. Check it out, it's available now in the USA.



28/01/2002 UNIVERSAL to sign Michael?

It is rumored that Universal Records have been in talks with Michael Jackson with an interest of a recording contract deal. Is Michael Jackson signing a new contract with Universal? Will this be the label that will be releasing the new album? Is Michael leaving Sony?

Sony & Michael Jackson have not finalised any plans for a World Tour as of yet. Michael has no disagreements with Sony, as he has not voiced them. However, there have been alot of talks and alot of things being sold off, ending many financially backed ventures by Sony for Michael.

The contracts between Sony and Michael are set to terminate early, as for when that will be is not yet been set or even officially discussed. Michael is contracted to promote at least four singles from Invincible before he is free.



25/01/2002 "Butterflies" Single Commercial Release in Doubt

The commercial release of the "Butterflies" single has been put on hold in the USA. The single won't be available on February 12th as originally planned. A reschedule of the release is still possible, but unlikely at this stage.



25/01/2002 "Unbreakable" Released in March

The "Unbreakable" single will be commercially released internationally on March 4th, except in the USA where no commercial release date has been set yet. In Europe, the single will be available in 3 different formats: CD single, CD maxi single and 12" vinyl maxi single.



23/01/2002 Cry released in Japan


Sony released the Cry single in Japan on January 23. The track-listing is the same as the European Cry single.



18/01/2002 Michael Jackson Featured On Brandy's New Album

Michael Jackson will be featured on Brandy's new album, titled Full Moon, out March 5th.
The song "It's Not Worth It," produced by Rodney Jerkins, contains an original sample of Michael Jackson's voice from a voice session that took place during the recording of INVINCIBLE.



18/01/2002 MJIFC Closes Down


Yesterday, the Michael Jackson Internet Fan-Club (www.mjifc.com) closed its website.
We would like to salute our friends at MJIFC and thank them for an outstanding 7 years of hard work and unlimited dedication. MJIFC was the first internet fan-club that began it all. The fan community is losing a great service and source of information. Thank you very much MJIFC and best wishes for the future.



10/01/2002 Michael Jackson Attends American Music Awards

Last night, Michael Jackson appeared on stage at the American Music Awards to accept the Artist of the Century award. The King of Pop did not perform during the show. A taped performance of "Man In The Mirror" from the October 21st charity concert in Washington D.C. was originally scheduled to air during the American Music Awards ceremony but was finally cancelled.



25/12/2001 CBS to Rebroadcast MSG Special January 9

In what many in the media are calling a response to the new lawsuit by American Music Awards producer Dick Clark, CBS announced on Friday that they were planning to re-broadcast the MSG concert special on January 9 (9-11 PM), the same night of the AMAs.

As first reported last week, AMA producer Dick Clark sued National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences president Michael Greene for preventing artists -- including Michael -- from performing at the AMAs for fear of being banned from the Grammys (a CBS event).

According to the lawsuit, Michael had told AMA producers he'd be there to perform at next month's kudocast but backed out a few weeks later, citing Grammy politics as the reason.

A CBS spokesman said the scheduling of the Jackson repeat was not a response to Clark's suit. Indeed, he said the rebroadcast date was set in early December, before Clark's lawsuit was filed.

CBS programmers, however, are no doubt looking to put a dent in ABC's AMA ratings: It's unusual for a network to schedule a repeat of such a major special so soon after its original airing, according to Reuters.

CBS will also be trying to re-package next month's anniversary special rebroadcast as more than just a repeat. It is expected to include footage of the King of Pop performing not seen in the original telecast.



21/12/2001 Butterflies Bullets Up This Week's Billboard Chart

Butterflies bullets up the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart this week to #21, thanks partly to the positive response of the new Eve remix at urban and crossover radio. The song also inches closer to #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Chart to #5.

Invincible sold over 120,000 copies to land in the #28 spot of the Billboard 200 Album Chart. It's position on the R&B/Hip-Hop Album Chart remains unchanged from last week, keeping steady at #5.



20/12/2001 "Cry" - Second Week in the Charts


Below are the positions of "Cry" for its second week in the charts.

Australia: #75 (LW: #43)
Austria: #71 (LW: #65)
Belgium: #46 (LW: #51)
Czech Republic: #35 (LW: #74)
Denmark: #16 (Entry)
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles: #27 (LW: #60)
France: #30 (LW: #37)
Germany: #98 (LW: #76)
Holland: #39 (LW: #48)
Hungary: #12 (LW: #4)
Ireland: #43 (Entry)
Italy: #31 (LW: #15)
Norway: #25 (Entry)
Spain: #12 (LW: #6)
Sweden: #50 (Entry)
Switzerland: #44 (LW: #42)
United Kingdom: #25 (Entry)

LW: Last Week
(These results from official singles charts based on sales.)



20/12/2001 Third Single Still Undecided

Sony Music and Michael Jackson haven't decided yet which single will follow "Cry" internationally.
The third single will either be "Butterflies" or "Unbreakable."
The release is slated for late January.



20/12/2001 Michael Jackson At Jingle Ball Concert

Last night, Michael Jackson made a special appearance at the KIIS Jingle Ball concert at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.
Radio host Rick Dees and basketball legend Magic Johnson greeted the King of Pop on stage and handed him a special award for his achievements in show-business.
Michael's appearance was brief. He accepted the award with a few words, saluted the ecstatic crowd and left the stage within minutes.



20/12/2001 "Butterflies" Commercially Released in the USA


On January 15th, Sony Music will commercially release the "Butterflies" CD maxi single.

The CD will contain the following tracks:
-BUTTERFLIES (Album Version) 4:40
-BUTTERFLIES (Master Mix 2) 3:44
Featuring Eve
Remixed by Corey Rooney and Poke & Tone for Track Masters Entertainment.
-BUTTERFLIES (Instrumental) 3:45
Remixed by Corey Rooney and Poke & Tone for Track Masters Entertainment.

On January 22nd, Sony Music will commercially release a 12" vinyl maxi single containing the following tracks:

-BUTTERFLIES (Master Mix 2) 3:44
Featuring Eve
Remixed by Corey Rooney and Poke & Tone for Track Masters Entertainment.
-BUTTERFLIES (Album Version) 4:40
-BUTTERFLIES (Instrumental) 3:45
Remixed by Corey Rooney and Poke & Tone for Track Masters Entertainment.
-BUTTERFLIES (Michael A Cappella) 3:06
Remixed by Corey Rooney and Poke & Tone for Track Masters Entertainment.



19/12/2001 Dick Clark Sues Recording Academy Head Because of Jackson

Dick Clark filed a $10 million lawsuit against Recording Academy President Michael Greene Wednesday, accusing him of barring artists who appear first on Clark's American Music Awards from performing on the Grammy Awards.

A visibly angry Clark said Greene persuaded Michael Jackson to break a promise to appear in the upcoming American Music Awards show on Jan. 9. The Grammys air on Feb. 27.

"Mr. Greene has caused me a lot of pain and a lot of stress,'' Clark said. "I've known Michael Jackson since he was a kid. To have another party interfere in that relationship makes me very, very angry.''

Jackson publicist Dan Forman didn't immediately return a voicemail message. Academy spokesman Ron Roker and spokeswoman Maureen O'Connor didn't immediately return telephone calls seeking comment from Greene.

In past years, Clark said Greene was responsible for preventing Britney Spears from appearing on the American Music Awards and banned Sean "P. Diddy'' Combs and Toni Braxton from performing on the Grammys because they appeared on the AMAs.

In the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Clark accused Greene and 10 unnamed defendants of interfering with contracts and prospective business relations, and unfair competition.

Besides damages, Clark wants the alleged blacklisting tactics rescinded. Clark said he didn't sue the Recording Academy because he doesn't believe the general membership approves of Greene's tactics.

Clark said he had spoken with Greene about the issue in the past and had received assurances it wouldn't occur again.

Clark said he was compiling a list of all performers forced to back out of the American Music Awards or the Grammy Awards in past years because of the alleged tactics.

The Grammys are considered the more prestigious of the two awards; the Grammy winners are determined by members of the Recording Academy, while winners at the American Music Awards are based on popularity.



18/12/2001 More Information About "What More Can I Give"

A detailed Press Release was issued on 18th December by Tooltrust, an internet infratstructure company that will oversee the process of attracting corporate sponsors for spin-offs from the "What More Can I Give" charity recording. The press release reveals new details about the Michael Jackson led initative.

The highlights of this press release are:

* The song itself has already been recorded. It was written by Michael Jackson, who is also described by Tooltrust as "catalyst" of the entire project.

* ToolTrust and a company Blue Car Partners will be selling commercial, promotional, merchandising and sponsorship opportunities to all segments of corporate America, in hopes of raising $50million in relief funds. All of the net proceeds from the relief funds raised plus the millions of dollars that could potentially be raised from the world-wide distribution of the record will be donated to reputable charities committed to helping the victims of the terrorist attacks, especially those organizations who focus on helping suffering children and low-income families.

* Artists on the English Language version of the song: Anastacia, Shawn Stockman and Michael McCary of Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey, Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys, Aaron Carter, Celine Dion, Joy Enriquez, Billy Gilman, Gloria Estefan, Hanson, Michael Jackson, BeyonceKnowles of Destiny's Child, Ricky Martin, Ziggy Marley, Reba McEntire, BrianMcKnight, Mya, N'Sync, Tom Petty, Carlos Santana, Jon Secada, Shakira, Thalia, Usher, Luther Vandross and 3LW.

* Artists on the Spanish version of the song, "Todo Para Ti": Anastacia, Ruben Blades, Mariah Carey, Cristian Castro, Celine Dion, Joy Enriquez, Gloria Estefan, Juan Gabriel, Julio Iglesias, Michael Jackson, Ricky Martin, Luis Miguel, Mya, N'Sync, Laura Pausini, Carlos Santana, Alejandro Sanz, Jon Secada, Shakira, Olga Tanon, Thalia, and Luther Vandross.

* Quote from Luther Vandross: "Michael is really genuine in his love for mankind. He wrote this song to both teach us and inspire us to feel each other's pain. I was honored to be included because I know this song will reach its target ... the heart and soul of all."

* Quote Ziggy Marley: "It's a privilege to be asked to do something like this. Obviously, it's for a good cause, and it's an honor to work with Michael."

* Quote from Usher: "Recording the single was an honor to be a part of, at Michael Jackson's request. First and foremost, it was a pleasure to work with him. I have always felt that I was blessed to have a blessing to sing and to be able to be a blessing to others."



17/12/2001 New Remixes for "Butterflies"



Michael Jackson's "Butterflies" has been remixed by Track Masters. The new version of the song is currently available to radio stations in America.
Additional remixes of the track have also been created by Track Masters. They will soon be released to clubs and radios and will also be included on the commercial pressings of "Butterflies," out next year.

Here are the remixes details:

BUTTERFLIES - MASTER MIX
Featuring Eve

BUTTERFLIES - MICHAEL A CAPPELLA

BUTTERFLIES - EVE A CAPPELLA
Featuring Eve

BUTTERFLIES - INSTRUMENTAL

All versions remixed by Corey Rooney and Poke & Tone for Track Masters Entertainment.
All versions contain interpolations of the composition "A Few More Kisses To Go" written by Isaac Hayes.



17/12/2001 "Cry" Enters Commercial Charts - Part 2


This week, Michael Jackson's "Cry" single entered new singles charts around the world.
Below are the new chart positions together with the ones from last week.

Australia: #43
Austria: #65
Belgium: #51
Czech Republic: #74
Denmark: #16
France: #37
Germany: #76
Holland: #48
Hungary: #4
Ireland: #43
Italy: #15
Switzerland: #42
United Kingdom: #25

(These results from official singles charts based on sales.)



14/12/2001 Exclusive USA Today Interview


The American newspaper 'USA Today' published an interview with Michael Jackson in its December 14, 2001 issue. Edna Gundersen's article, "Michael in the Mirror," includes an interview with Jackson, which took place at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, California, USA.

A copy of the "Michael in the Mirror" interview is available online on the USA Today web site. In addition to the copy of the original newspaper article, there is also an online exclusive that includes 'More conversation with Jackson'.



11/12/2001 "Cry" Debuts In European Charts - UPDATED


This week, Michael Jackson's "Cry" single entered several charts around the world.

Australia: #43
Austria: #65
Belgium: #51
Czech Republic: #74
France: #37
Germany: #76
Holland: #48
Hungary: #4
Italy: #15
Switzerland: #42

(These results from official singles charts based on sales.)

"Cry" is meeting very little enthousiasm from radio programmers and is therefore behaving poorly on the European airplay charts. The accompanying video has not been well received either.



10/12/2001 Michael Jackson Talks To KIIS-FM


On December 17th, Los Angeles radio station KIIS-FM will air a one-hour Michael Jackson special including an interview with the King of Pop.
Michael Jackson granted an exclusive interview to radio icon Rick Dees during which he made a special announcement.

Rick Dees hosts a popular radio program every weekday morning in Los Angeles on KIIS-AM/FM. He also hosts the syndicated radio show “Rick Dees Weekly Top 40.”

For more information on the event and the internet broadcast, visit www.kiisfm.com

Michael Jackson will also appear at the KIIS Jingle Ball concert at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on December 19th, with performances by Alicia Keys, Shakira, Craig David, Sugar Ray, Lifehouse, LFO, Five For Fighting and Michelle Branch.
Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.com



07/12/2001 Michael Jackson's Statement Following George Harrison's Death

George Harrison, one of the four members of the sixties group the Beatles, died of cancer at the age of 58 last week, on November 29, 2001.

Michael Jackson issued a statement the following day, expressing his sadness:

"The world has lost a great spirit in George Harrison, a great musician, songwriter, and friend. He was an inspiration to me, and I will miss him a great deal."
Harrison was the Beatles' lead guitarist who was also instrumental in introducing Indian musical influences into the group's musical style. Some of the Beatles most memorable songs, such as "Here Comes The Sun", were written by Harrison.



07/12/2001 Invincible Goes Platinum in US; Double Platinum in Europe


After only five weeks of release, Michael's Invincible album has gone platinum in the United States, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). To date, it has sold over 1 million copies stateside.

In Europe, the news is just as good. There, the album has been awarded five gold and eight platinum awards, on its way to selling two million and claiming a double Platinum Europe Award.

MJ can also add Malaysia to the number of countries where the album went to #1. In Australia, Invincible recently climbed back up to the top 10, thanks to that country's recent airing of the 30th anniversary concert special.

The album currently sits at #17 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart, selling just over 100,000 copies for the week. On the R&B/Hip-Hop Album Chart, it drops from #1 to #3, behind debuts from rappers Ludacris and Busta Rhymes.

Butterflies climbs to #7 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Chart and to #30 on the Hot 100 Singles Chart (up from 32).



06/12/2001 "Butterflies" Remixed By Track Masters


Track Masters have just completed the official remixed version of Michael Jackson's single "Butterflies."
It will be released to clubs and radios stations in the USA very shortly.

Track Masters is a team of edgy American Hip-Hop producers, led by dynamic duo Samuel "Tone" Barnes and Jean-Claude "Poke" Olivier.
Their first collaboration with the King of Pop happened in 1996 when they created remixes for "They Don't Care About Us."



05/12/2001 Michael Jackson Nominated for 6 NAACP Image Awards


The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) today announced nominees for its 33rd NAACP Image Awards. Michael Jackson received 6 nominations, including Outstanding Male Artist. The NAACP Image Awards are granted annually to honor individuals and projects that have helped promote "positive images of people of color."
The 33rd NAACP Image Awards include 41 competitive categories in the fields of motion pictures, television, music, and literature, as well as special Image Award Hall of Fame and Entertainer of the Year awards. The nominations are determined by 300 show-business professionals and NAACP officials who select five nominees for each of the 41 categories.
The 33rd NAACP Image Awards ceremony will be held at the Universal Amphitheatre, 1 Universal Drive, Universal City, California, USA, on Saturday, February 23, 2002. The star studded event will be taped for a two-hour prime time television special, which will air on March 1st on the American television channel FOX.

Michael Jackson's NAACP Image Awards nominations:
• Outstanding Variety Series/Special: Michael Jackson - "Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special" (CBS)
• Outstanding Performance in a Variety Series/Special: Michael Jackson - "Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special" (CBS)
• Outstanding Male Artist : Michael Jackson - "Invincible"
• Outstanding Music Video: "You Rock My World" - Michael Jackson, (Directed by Paul Hunter)
• Outstanding Song: "You Rock My World" - Songwriter(s): Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, and Nora Payne, (Artist: Michael Jackson)
• Outstanding Album: "Invincible" - Michael Jackson



15/11/2001 New "Cry" Single Tracklisting


The content of the "Cry" single has just been modified. The "Jay-Z/Masters At Work" remixed version of "You Rock My World" will not be released with the single after all.
Here is the new tracklisting for the "Cry" single pressings:

CD SINGLE
1- "Cry" 5:00 (Album Version)
2- "Shout" 4:17 (never-before-released track)

CD MAXI SINGLE (including CD-Extra bonus section)
1- "Cry" 5:00 (Album Version)
2- "Shout" 4:17 (never-before-released track)
3- "Streetwalker" 5:49 (taken from "Bad - Special Edition")
4- "Cry" - Short Film (available from the CD-Extra multimedia portion)

12" VINYL MAXI SINGLE
Side A
-"Cry" 5:00 (Album Version)
Side B
-"Shout" 4:17 (never-before-released track)
-"Streetwalker" 5:49 (taken from "Bad - Special Edition")



15/11/2001 Michael Jackson Concert Scores Top Ratings


Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary concert special draw a record 25.7 million American viewers this Tuesday, November 13th, on CBS.
The King of Pop's tribute concert was TV's most-watched music special since ABC's Beatles Anthology in 1995.
Thanks to Michael Jackson, CBS won the night and scored its best Tuesday night ratings since 1994, despite fierce competition from other networks.



14/11/2001 Michael Jackson Talks to Entertainment Tonight


Last November 7th, Michael Jackson granted an exclusive interview to American TV show Entertainment Tonight.
The interview was aired on November 12th and 13th as a two-part special on E.T., illustrated with footage from the Madison Square Garden concerts and an exclusive look at the recording of the "What More Can I Give" charity single.
During his interview with Entertainment Tonight, Michael Jackson spoke about his reunion performance with the Jacksons: "Being on stage with my brothers was a wonderful experience, like a revelation. It was almost as if it was déjà vu, as if it happened yesterday, you know. I felt as if Ed Sullivan was introducing us when we first premiered 'I Want You Back.' I love my brothers and it was just a great celebration; it was so much fun."
On performing with *NSync, Michael humbly said: "They are the giants of the industry today, on an international level. And having them come there for me, I was completely honored and blessed and happy."

"Seeing the fans react was a wonderful experience," added Michael. "I enjoyed all the hysteria. It always makes a performer feel good when they're paid back with an 'I love you' and dancing and shouting. It's a happy thing."



10/11/2001 INVINCIBLE Makes #1 Debut


Confirming the estimates based on first-day sales, INVINCIBLE made a smashing entry in charts around the world.
Michael’s new album is #1 in 11 countries, including the USA, United Kingdom, France, and Germany, the world’s biggest markets.
INVINCIBLE’s chart-topping debuts read as follows:

Australia: #1
Austria: #2
Belgium: #1
Canada: #3
European Top 100 Albums: #1
France: #1
Germany: #1
Hungary: #16
Ireland: #3
Italy: #1
Japan: #5
Netherlands: #1
Norway: #1
Portugal: #11
South Africa: #7
Spain: #2
Sweden: #7
Switzerland: #1
Turkey: #1
United Kingdom: #1
USA: #1

Moreover, Michael Jackson has sold more than 900 000 copies of the “You Rock My World” single in Europe since its release, one month ago. The single is still enjoying strong sales and is expected to reach the one million mark by next week.



09/11/2001 King of Pop Signs Records at Virgin Megastore


Michael Jackson attracted huge crowds at Times Square this Wednesday (November 7) when he attended his first in-store record signing at the Virgin Megastore. The two-hour event enabled 500 die-hard fans to get an authentic autograph of the King of Pop.

During Michael’s signing, MTV’s Carson Daly brought his TRL show live to the Virgin Megastore in order to catch a glimpse of the King of Pop and exchange a few words with him. Daly asked Michael how he felt about INVINCIBLE being #1 all around the world.
“It's a great honor," answered Michael. "I'm very happy. We worked very hard on
it, and I'm blessed that the fans accepted it the way they did. I'm very honored. I really am. I don't take anything for granted. Everytime there's a #1 album, or song, it's as if this is the first one.”

 

02/11/2001 INVINCIBLE Makes Historical Debut Sales


Less than a week after its release, Michael Jackson's INVINCIBLE album is already making history. The King of Pop's new album has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide in just 4 days! Even by Michael's standards, it is huge. In France, Switzerland, Norway, Italy and Spain, INVINCIBLE has even broken Michael's previous records and has become his fastest-selling album ever.




02/11/2001 Michael Jackson To Appear On TRL


Michael Jackson is set to make a special appearance at MTV's Total Request Live with VJ Carson Daly on November 7th. The show is filmed live from the MTV studio in Times Square, New York City.

The same day, following his appearance on TRL, Michael Jackson is also set to attend a special record signing at the Virgin Megastore in Times Square. A limited number of fans will have the unique opportunity to have their copy of the INVINCIBLE album signed by the King of Pop in person.



02/11/2001 "Cry" - Video Details


"Cry," Michael Jackson's new video, is now entering video playlists around the world.
"Cry" is the King of Pop's fourth collaboration with British director Nicholas Brandt, who directed "Childhood," "Earth Song" and "Stranger In Moscow." The "Cry" video has been filmed over 6 different locations: Squaw Valley (Lake Tahoe), Mare Island Bridge (Vallejo, California), San Francisco (California), Petaluma (California), Pescadero State Beach (California) and The Redwood National Forest (San Mateo, California).

 

01/11/2001 Invincible UK and US sales

We have received the latest official USA chart PREDICTIONS (i.e. not actual sales but a prediction based on first day sales) and the news is that Michael Jackson is still expected to land in first place with Invincible on the Official Album Chart.

However, a note of caution is sounded by industry website Hits Daily Double. "It's too close to call at this point," they state, "but in the early going, Jackson has the edge over the Backstreet Boys, whose Hits: Chapter One (Jive) is running close behind Invincible."

American music industry estimates see Michael Jackson reaching total of over 300,000 in one week in the States, with the Backstreet Boys probably clocking in just under 300,000.

(It is perhaps telling that previous media reports last week hyped up the Backstreet Boys' predicted sales, saying that Jive had shipped 600,000 copies in the first week to meet demand...)

Meanwhile, many media sources are expressing surprise at Michael Jackson's opening day success and many record stores have had to order in new stock to meet demand.

However, there is a historical trend that suggests that Greatest Hits albums climb higher throughout the week while albums of new material debut with higher figures on first day sales. For this reason, weekend sales of the two albums will be crucial.
 

The following Top 5 comprises purely of official album sales from Monday in the UK.

1. 34282 MICHAEL JACKSON INVINCIBLE
2. 13851 STEPS GOLD - THE GREATEST HITS
3. 11122 MISTEEQ LICKIN' ON BOTH SIDES
4. 10424 KYLIE MINOGUE FEVER
5. 6741 ALICIA KEYES SONGS IN A MINOR

As of Wednesday morning, Michael has sold 48,669 copies of Invincible in the UK and is in first place. Steps are in second place with 20,868.

That means that since Monday, Michael has enjoyed a 14,387 increase compared to Steps' 6,835 increase.

At close of business Wednesday in the UK, Michael Jackson's Invincible was still heading toward the No.1 position in Sunday's album chart. Invincible has so far sold 58,616 (an increase of 9,947 on the previous day). In Second place is the Steps greatest hits with sales so far of 26,063 (an increase of 5,377 on the previous day).

The final official chart will be revealed on Sunday.
 


31/10/2001 King of Pop To Release Song With Indian Artist


A.R. Rahman, one of India's most talented and successful film composers told Music Pulse, a music industry column, that he has recorded a song with Michael Jackson. The track is titled "Ekam Satyam" (The One Truth) and is sung partly in English and partly in Sanskrit. A.R. Rahman said the song will be released sometime toward the end of the year. Michael Jackson and A.R. Rahman first worked on the song when they got together for the "Michael Jackson & Friends" concert in Munich in June 1999.





30/10/2001 "Cry" Single To Feature Exclusive Bonus Material


On December 3rd, Sony Music International will release "Cry" as the second commercial single from the INVINCIBLE album. The CD maxi-single edition of "Cry" will feature exclusive bonus material, including a CD-Extra section with free multimedia. Here is the detailed content of the CD maxi-single to be released internationally:

1-CRY (Album Version)
2-YOU ROCK MY WORLD (Masters At Work Jay-Z Remix)
3-SHOUT (never-before-released track from the INVINCIBLE sessions)
4-Special bonus CD-Extra: CRY (Video)

(Note: this CD maxi-single edition of "Cry" is currently not scheduled to be released in the USA)



30/10/2001 Unbreakable To Break All


Michael Jackson has more than one trick up his sleeve for INVINCIBLE.
After the great "You Rock My World" video, the King of Pop will return in early 2002 with a ground-breaking new short-film.
Michael Jackson has been working since last August on the video to accompany "Unbreakable," tentatively scheduled to be the third commercial single from the INVINCIBLE album.
Michael Jackson wants the "Unbreakable" short-film to shock the world. Work on the video has already been achieved at George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic studios.



30/10/2001 United We Stand - What More Can I Give - Update

Sunday, October 21st, Michael Jackson led the all-star “United We Stand - What More Can I Give” charity concert in Washington D.C.
The King of Pop was introduced on stage by comedian Chris Tucker. His performance ended the 11-hour concert festival, including appearances by the Backstreet Boys, Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, James Brown, Destiny's Child, Carole King, Pink, *NSync, Bette Midler, Al Green, Aerosmith, P. Diddy, Faith Evans, Huey Lewis, Billy Gilman, Mya, Usher and many others.

Michael Jackson had originally planned to open his performance with “Heal The World.” However, due to many delays, when it was time for him to perform, the concert was very much behind schedule. Michael was then asked to shorten his number.
His performance started with “Man In The Mirror” and was followed by a speech.
Michael addressed the crowd with the following words:
“D.C., I want you to know I love you very much. I would like each and everyone of you here tonight to look at each person next to you. Look at them in the eyes. Each and every person right here, look at each person next to you in the eyes. Now, join the hands, each together, join the hands and reach to the heavens. Reach to the heavens, everyone! And feel it, feel humanity!
Don’t do it because I’m asking you to. Do it because this is the right thing to do.
Now I ask you for a moment of love and silence. Tonight, we all stand united and ask: what more can i give?
When we leave here tonight, let us take this love and give it to all the people everywhere in every corner of the earth. And that’s what we can give, and that will make the difference, that will make the change. It’s very important.
To the families of the victims of September 11th that are here with us tonight: you are not alone. You are in our hearts, you are in our thoughts and you are in our prayers. Thank you for being here tonight.”

Michael was then joined on stage by all the artists that had previously performed. The concert ended with a special performance of Michael’s anthem “What More Can I Give” by the all-star choir.

The United We Stand - What More Can I Give concert raised more than $3 million dollars from ticket sales. Highlights from the show have been edited in a
two-hour television special that will air on November 1st on ABC in the USA.
Donations will be solicited during the TV special. All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross Relief Fund, the Salvation Army Relief Fund and the Pentagon Relief Fund to benefit the families of the victims of September 11th terrorist attacks.




23/10/2001 "Cry" Video To Premiere This Week


A video for "Cry" will be serviced to TV stations around the world this week.
Michael Jackson does not appear in the video. It is a montage of images illustrating the theme of the song.

 

19/10/2001 "You Rock My World" Is Invincible in France


"You Rock My World" is a huge success in France. Michael Jackson's new single has entered the national singles charts at #1, a feat that only four other artists have ever achieved.
Prior to the commercial release of the single, "You Rock My World" had already reached the #1 spot on the airplay charts.
On top of that, "You Rock My World" is also #1 on the Clubs charts.
This is a first in history. Michael Jackson's single is #1 Airplay, Singles and Clubs.



19/10/2001 Invincible Launch Party in London


MJ News International, the British fan-club, is holding a launch party in
London for the INVINCIBLE album. On Saturday 27th October, the album will be hand-delivered by Sony Music to London's Hippodrome. Fans will then get a chance to hear the King of Pop's new album two days before its official release. For more information and to book tickets to the event, go to www.mjni.com



18/10/2001 Exclusive! INVINCIBLE - Album Details


Here are the final and complete details of the INVINCIBLE album.

1- UNBREAKABLE (6:25)
(Written by Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Nora Payne, Robert Smith)
Produced by Michael Jackson & Rodney Jerkins
Featuring special rap by The Notorious B.I.G. (originally embodied on "I Can't Stop The Reign". Written by Nichol, Eugene and McIntosh)
Background vocals by Michael Jackson
Additional background vocals by Brandy

2- HEARTBREAKER (5:10)
(Written by Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Mischke, Norman Gregg)
Produced by Michael Jackson & Rodney Jerkins
Featuring rap by Fats
Background vocals by Michael Jackson, Mischke, LaShawn Daniels and Nora Payne

3- INVINCIBLE (4:45)
(Written by Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Norman Gregg)
Produced by Michael Jackson & Rodney Jerkins
Featuring rap by Fats
Background vocals by Michael Jackson

4- BREAK OF DAWN (5:32)
(Written by Michael Jackson, Dr. Freeze)
Produced by Michael Jackson & Dr. Freeze
Background vocals by Michael Jackson and Dr. Freeze

5- HEAVEN CAN WAIT (4:49)
(Written by Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, Andreao Heard, Nate Smith, Teron Beal, E. Laues, K. Quiller)
Produced by Michael Jackson & Teddy Riley
Background vocals by Michael Jackson
Additional background vocals by Dr. Freeze and "Que"
Orchestra arranged and conducted by Jeremy Lubbock

6- YOU ROCK MY WORLD (5:39)
(Written by Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Nora Payne)
Produced by Michael Jackson & Rodney Jerkins
Intro by Michael Jackson and Chris Tucker
Background vocals by Michael Jackson

7- BUTTERFLIES (4:40)
(Written by Andre Harris, Marsha Ambrosius)
Produced by Michael Jackson & Andre Harris
Background vocals by Michael Jackson and Marsha Ambrosius

8- SPEECHLESS (3:18)
(Written by Michael Jackson)
Produced by Michael Jackson
Orchestra arranged and conducted by Michael Jackson and Jeremy Lubbock
Choir: Andrae Crouch and The Andrae Crouch Singers

9- 2000 WATTS (4:24)
(Written by Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, Tyrese Gibson, J. Henson)
Produced by Michael Jackson & Teddy Riley
Background vocals by Michael Jackson
Additional background vocals by Teddy Riley

10- YOU ARE MY LIFE (4:39)
(Written by Michael Jackson, Babyface, Carole Bayer Sager, John McClain)
Produced by Michael Jackson & Babyface
Background vocals by Michael Jackson and Babyface
Bass and acoustic guitar: Babyface
Choir: Jason Edmonds, Nathan "8" Walton, Tabia Ivery, Lynne Fiddmont-Lindsey

11- PRIVACY (5:05)
(Written by Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Bernard Bell)
Produced by Michael Jackson & Rodney Jerkins
Background vocals by Michael Jackson and LaShawn Daniels

12- DON'T WALK AWAY (4:25)
(Written by Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, Richard Carlton Stites, Reed Vertelney)
Produced by Michael Jackson & Teddy Riley
Background vocals by Michael Jackson

13- CRY (5:01)
(Written by R. Kelly)
Produced by Michael Jackson & R. Kelly

14- THE LOST CHILDREN (4:00)
(Written by Michael Jackson)
Produced by Michael Jackson
Narrative by Baby Rubba and Prince Jackson
Contains audio snippets from the Twilight Zone

15- WHATEVER HAPPENS (4:56)
(Written by Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, Gil Cang, J. Quay, Geoffrey Williams)
Produced by Michael Jackson & Teddy Riley
Featuring guitar by Santana
Background vocals by Michael Jackson
Additional background vocals by Mario Vasquez and Mary Brown
Orchestra arranged and conducted by Jeremy Lubbock
Whistle solo: Carlos Santana and Stuart Brawley

16- THREATENED (4:19)
(Written by Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Robert Smith)
Produced by Michael Jackson & Rodney Jerkins
Background vocals by Michael Jackson
Contains audio snippets of Rod Serling
("This song is especially dedicated to Rick Baker... The Guru of Special Effects")



18/10/2001 "You Rock My World" Takes Over Single Charts


This week, Michael Jackson's "You Rock My World" entered the commercial single charts around the world.

The King of Pop's single makes a smashing debut. Here are the chart positions for the first week:

Australia: #4
Austria: #9
Denmark: #2
Europe (Music & Media): #2
Finland: #1
France: #1
Germany: #6
Holland: #4
Hungary: #5
Italy: #3
Ireland: #4
Norway: #2
Portugal: #1
Spain: #1
Sweden: #5
Switzerland: #5
United Kingdom: #2

All rankings solely based on sales.



18/10/2001 CBS To Air Madison Square Garden Concert


In America, CBS will air Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary Celebration concert on November 13th.




17/10/2001 New Single To Hit Radios In America


Sony Music will release a new single to American radios on November 6. After "You Rock My World" and "Cry," "Butterflies" will be released to radios. This promotional release only concerns the USA.



11/10/2001 King of Pop To Lead Benefit Concert In Washington


Michael Jackson will lead “UNITED WE STAND - WHAT MORE CAN I GIVE The Concert for Washington D.C. & America,” an all-star music festival to benefit the American Red Cross Liberty Relief Fund, the Salvation Army Relief Fund and the Pentagon Relief Fund. “United We Stand - What More Can I Give” will take place on Sunday, October 21st, at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. Show time is 1:00 PM.

Joining the King of Pop on stage for this historical eight-hour concert will be Mick Jagger, James Brown, *NSync, P. Diddy, Rod Stewart, Backstreet Boys, Aerosmith, Ricky Martin, Al Green, Kiss and many others.

Michael Jackson is currently rehearsing his forthcoming special performance for the concert, which will include the premiere of his humanitarian anthem “What More Can I Give.”

Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, October 12th at 10:00 AM, through Ticketmaster and at www.cc.com. Ticket prices: $25, $50 and $75.



08/10/2001 "You Rock My World" American Release Advanced


The American release of the "You Rock My World" commercial CD single has been advanced. The CD single will be available in the USA on October 30th. It was originally planned for a release on November 6th.



05/10/2001 Michael Jackson's New Single Is "Cry"


"Cry" will be the new single from INVINCIBLE.

It is currently planned to hit radios internationally on October 29th. A commercial release is planned for December 3rd.
(Note that these are working dates subject to change.)



02/10/2001 Dangerous & HIStory Short-Films Out On DVD


On November 12th, Epic Music Video will release 2 brand new Michael Jackson DVDs.


HISTORY - VIDEO GREATEST HITS
SPECIAL DVD EDITION

Selections:
-Brace Yourself
-“Billie Jean"
-"The Way You Make Me Fell" [Full-length version (9:30) - Never-before-released commercially]
-"Black Or White" [Full-length version]
-"Rock With You"
-"Bad" [Full-length version (18:00) - Never-before-released commercially]
-"Thriller" [Full-length version]
-"Beat It"
-"Remember The Time" [Full-length version]
-"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"
-"Heal The World"

Special DVD features:
-Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, PCM Stereo / English subtitles / Discography / Instant chapter access.

Retail price: $24.98
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DANGEROUS - THE SHORT FILMS

Selections:
-"Black Or White" [Full-length revised version]
-Superbowl "Heal The World"
-"Remember The Time" [Full-length version]
-"Will You Be There"
-"In The Closet"
-"Gone Too Soon"
-"Jam"
-"Heal The World"
-"Give In To Me"
-"Who Is It"
-"Dangerous"

Special features:
-Extensive at-the-shoot footage from "Black or White," "Remember The Time" and "In The Closet;" 2 versions of "Heal The World;" Dangerous Tour highlights.

Special DVD features:
-Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, PCM Stereo / English subtitles / Discography / Instant chapter access.

Retail price: $24.98



02/10/2001 "You Rock My World" Short-Film - Revised Versions


This week, Sony Music is servicing TV stations around the world with 3 new versions of Michael Jackson's "You Rock My World" short-film. Each new version has been personally re-edited by Michael Jackson, including new footage, sound effects and dialogues.

American viewers have already —and only— seen the long version of the newly edited video. They will never see the original version of the short-film that has been broadcast worldwide up to now.
From now on, the 3 new versions of the video will replace the ones that have been seen internationally until today.

The new revised versions of the "You Rock My World" short-film are:
-"You Rock My World" Full Length Version (13:29)
-"You Rock My World" Extended Edit Version (10:00)
-"You Rock My World" Revised Edit Version (5:45)



02/10/2001 INVINCIBLE Tracklisting - Modification Update


A change in the track sequence of the INVINCIBLE album has recently been made. With the inclusion of "You Are My Life" in the tracklisting, Michael Jackson has made a transposition. "Privacy" is now track #11 and "Don't Walk Away" is track #12. The order of the other tracks remains the same.

With regards to the LP vinyl and cassette versions of the album, the song "Shout" will not be included after all. It has been replaced on all formats by "You Are My Life."

INVINCIBLE will be release on CD, LP, Cassette and Minidisc.



29/09/2001 New Videos At MichaelJackson.Com


In anticipation of the forthcoming DVD release of "HIStory - Video Greatest Hits," a special selection of Michael Jackson short-films, including the rare long versions of "Bad" and "The Way You Make Me Feel" are now available at www.michaeljackson.com
Also available there is Michael Jackson's "Your Rock My World" short-film. For non-American fans, this is your chance to discover Michael's new edit of the long version. It contains new footage, dialogues and sound effects that were not in the previously released international version.



28/09/2001 Expanded Editions - Review


On October 15th, Sony Music will release the Expanded Editions of Michael Jackson’s OFF THE WALL, THRILLER, BAD and DANGEROUS.

OFF THE WALL

Two bonus tracks are featured on this remastered special edition of OFF THE WALL: the original 1978 demo versions of “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” (4:48) and “Working Day And Nigh” (4:19).
These captivating pieces of music history demonstrate Michael Jackson’s natural talent to create and produce music. Both tracks were recorded at the Jacksons’ home in Encino, California. Janet and Randy Jackson participated in the recordings. Randy played the bass and keyboards while Janet handled the percussions using glass bottles among other things!
Both tracks are home demos with rudimentary arrangements. Yet, the foundations of the songs are there. The amazing talent of Michael Jackson as a music creator is obvious.
So much for the skeptics who thought legendary producer Quincy Jones was behind Michael’s inspiration.

On an amusing note, the demo version of “Working Day And Night” starts off with a funny squabbling between Randy, Michael and Janet. «Michael, turn down the headphones, man!» yells Randy. «He’s trying, Randy!» snaps back Janet.

The expanded version of OFF THE WALL also contains audio interviews with producer Quincy Jones and composer Rod Temperton where they share their memories on the making of the album.

Note: The expanded edition of OFF THE WALL was to include the original demo version of “Rock With You.” However, this track has finally been removed from the tracklisting.


THRILLER

The expanded version of the THRILLER album contains 4 bonus tracks.
The first one is “Someone In The Dark,” the instant classic that Michael originally recorded for the E.T. Storybook. It is the “Opening Version” (4:47) of the song that is available on this record.
Then comes a demo of “Billie Jean.” This early version of Michael’s masterpiece is extraordinary. Although he has no lyrics for the song yet (except for the chorus line), Michael performs the complete vocals in total improvisation. This is legendary art in the making. A must-hear.
The next bonus track on the record is the amazing recording session of the “Thriller” rap with actor Vincent Price. The track features the never-before-released second verse of the famous rap and the complete uncut infectious closing laughter. A hilarious moment.
The final bonus track on this special edition is the never-before-released song “Carousel” (1:49), a left-off of the THRILLER sessions. “Carousel” was written and composed by Michael Sembello. It is a superb song that will undoubtedly become a favorite among fans. Unfortunately, the song has been shortened for the expanded version. The second verse and several choruses have been edited out. Fans will have to content themselves with one third of the actual song. Given the quality of the track, it is really too bad.

The expanded version of THRILLER also contains audio interviews with producer Quincy Jones and composer Rod Temperton. These interesting insights deal with the making of the album, Vincent Price’s participation, “Carousel” and the videos.

Note: The expanded edition of THRILLER was to include the original demo version of “Starlight” (eventually retitled “Thriller”). However, this track has finally been removed from the tracklisting.


BAD

The expanded version of the BAD album features 3 bonus tracks: “Streetwalker,” “Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu” and “Fly Away.”
“Streetwalker” (5:49) is a never-before-released song from the BAD sessions. It was originally supposed to be included to the album instead of “Another Part Of Me.” Although the track is inspired and full of energy, it is fair to say that it ultimately didn’t measure up to “Another Part Of Me.” When listening to this song, fans will finally discover where the intro doo-woops from the live versions of “Heartbreak Hotel” and “The Way You make Me Feel” come from!

“Todo Mi Amor Eres Tu” (4:04) is the Spanish version of “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You.” It has previously been released in 1987 in Spanish-speaking markets. It is sung in Spanish by Michael and Siedah Garrett (lyrics translated by Ruben Blades). This special version is now available to all.

“Fly Away” (3:26) is an original song written, composed and performed by Michael Jackson. It was finally cut from the final selection of tracks for the BAD album. Although this song was covered by sister Rebbie on her 1998 Yours Faithfully album, Michael’s mid-tempo version was never-before-released. “Fly Away” is another instant classic that definitely deserved to be released from the King of Pop’s vaults. Note: this version of “Fly Away” is an advanced demo. It is not a final mix.

As with the other expanded versions, BAD contains audio interviews with producer Quincy Jones where he talks about recording “Bad” with Prince, his favorite songs on the album and shooting the “Bad” video.


DANGEROUS

Contrary to what we previously announced, the expanded version of DANGEROUS won't include a remix of "Dangerous" instead of the original track.
Although it was originally planned and officially announced by Sony Music, it recently changed. The expanded version will now only include the original 14 tracks.
Note: All promotional documents issued by Sony Music that include "Dangerous - Roger's Rough Dub" as a bonus track on the album were released prior to the change.
 

26/09/2001 INVINCIBLE Vinyl LP To Include Bonus Track


The vinyl album version of INVINCIBLE may include a bonus track not available on the CD.
A special tracklisting for the vinyl pressing is currently being considered.

INVINCIBLE will be released as a double-12" vinyl album in America and other countries.
Here is the tentative tracklisting:

Disc 1 - Side A
1- UNBREAKABLE (6:25)
2- HEARTBREAKER (5:10)
3- INVINCIBLE (4:45)
4- BREAK OF DAWN (5:32)

Disc 1 - Side B
1- HEAVEN CAN WAIT (4:49)
2- YOU ROCK MY WORLD (5:39)
3- BUTTERFLIES (4:40)
4- SPEECHLESS (3:18)

Disc 2 - Side A
1- 2000 WATTS (4:24)
2- SHOUT (4:17)
3- DON'T WALK AWAY (4:25)
4- PRIVACY (5:05)

Disc 2 - Side B
1- CRY (5:01)
2- THE LOST CHILDREN (4:00)
3- WHATEVER HAPPENS (4:56)
4- THREATENED (4:19)

Note: "You Are My Life" would be replaced with "Shout."




26/09/2001 New Short Version of "You Rock My World" Video


Michael Jackson is currently working with director Paul Hunter on a new edit of the short version of the "You Rock My World" video.
The new short version will be slightly longer than the first one and is expected to be released worldwide very shortly.
Michael Jackson the perfectionist was not entirely satisfied with the first edit of the short version.
 


25/09/2001 "You Rock My World" Video To Premiere in America


Michael Jackson's "You Rock My World" short-film will premiere in the USA on Wednesday 26th on MTV's Total Request Live.



24/09/2001 INVINCIBLE - Limited Editions


On October 29th, as INVINCIBLE is released internationally, four limited editions of the new album will be available to collectors around the world. Each limited edition will feature a different cover artwork, pictured above.
 


24/09/2001 INVINCIBLE Updated Tracklisting


Michael Jackson has made a final last-minute change to the content of his forthcoming INVINCIBLE album.
The King of Pop has decided to replace the song “Shout” with a new track titled “You Are My Life,” produced by Michael Jackson and Babyface.

Here is the complete tracklisting of the INVINCIBLE album, including timings. All tracks in final order.

1- UNBREAKABLE (6:25)
(Written by Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Nora Payne, Robert Smith, Christopher Wallace)
Produced by Michael Jackson & Rodney Jerkins
Featuring special rap by The Notorious B.I.G.

2- HEARTBREAKER (5:10)
(Written by Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Mischke, Norman Gregg)
Produced by Michael Jackson & Rodney Jerkins
Featuring rap by FATS

3- INVINCIBLE (4:45)
(Written by Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Norman Gregg)
Produced by Michael Jackson & Rodney Jerkins

4- BREAK OF DAWN (5:32)
(Written by Michael Jackson, Dr. Freeze)
Produced by Michael Jackson & Dr. Freeze

5- HEAVEN CAN WAIT (4:49)
(Written by Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, Andreao Heard, Nate Smith, Teron Beal, E. Laues, K. Quiller)
Produced by Michael Jackson & Teddy Riley

6- YOU ROCK MY WORLD (5:39)
(Written by Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Nora Payne)
Produced by Michael Jackson & Rodney Jerkins
Intro by Michael Jackson and Chris Tucker

7- BUTTERFLIES (4:40)
(Written by Michael Jackson, Andre Harris, Marsha Ambrosius)
Produced by Michael Jackson & Andre Harris

8- SPEECHLESS (3:18)
(Written by Michael Jackson)
Produced by Michael Jackson

9- 2000 WATTS (4:24)
(Written by Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, Tyrese Gibson, J. Henson)
Produced by Michael Jackson & Teddy Riley

10- YOU ARE MY LIFE (4:39)
(Written by Michael Jackson, Babyface, Carole Bayer Sager, John McClain)
Produced by Michael Jackson & Babyface

11- DON'T WALK AWAY (4:25)
(Written by Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, Richard Carlton Stites, Reed Vertelney)
Produced by Michael Jackson & Teddy Riley

12- PRIVACY (5:05)
(Written by Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Bernard Bell)
Produced by Michael Jackson & Rodney Jerkins

13- CRY (5:01)
(Written by R. Kelly)
Produced by Michael Jackson & R. Kelly

14- THE LOST CHILDREN (4:00)
(Written by Michael Jackson)
Produced by Michael Jackson
Contains audio snippets from the Twilight Zone

15- WHATEVER HAPPENS (4:56)
(Written by Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, Gil Cang, J. Quay, Geoffrey Williams)
Produced by Michael Jackson & Teddy Riley
Featuring guitar solo by Santana


16- THREATENED (4:19)
(Written by Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Robert Smith)
Produced by Michael Jackson & Rodney Jerkins
Contains audio snippets of Rod Serling





24/09/2001 "Cry" Limited Release


There are currently no plans to release “Cry” as a single internationally. The song has only been delivered to radio stations in America at Michael Jackson’s request as a tribute to the victims of the recent tragedy.
Although there are currently no plans to widely release the single commercially, a special 7-inch vinyl single of “Cry” will be issued on October 2nd in the USA. This rare edition will be a double-sided pressing with the album version on both sides. It will be released to selected record stores and juke-box owners.
 

21/09/2001 "Cry" Hits Radios In America


Michael Jackson has decided to release to American radio stations a new song from his upcoming INVINCIBLE album. The song is titled "Cry," an anthem to put an end to the sufferings of the world.
Michael wanted to express his compassion through his music and he felt it was appropriate to contribute to the healing process now with "Cry."

Listen to "Cry," exclusively at www.michaeljackson.com



20/09/2001 "You Rock My World" Short-Film Update


Michael Jackson's new video will premiere internationally tomorrow (except in the USA). Morning shows in France, Great Britain, Spain and other European countries will air the long version of the short-film around 8 a.m. CET. Check your local listings for more details.

The full-length version of the "You Rock My World" short-film is 13'20'' long. An edited version (4'30'') of the video will also be available to TV stations.
"You Rock My World" features guest appearances by Marlon Brando, Chris Tucker and Michael Madsen.

 

 

19/09/2001 US Premiere of "You Rock My World" Video Delayed


Originally planned for September 20th on C.B.S., the American premiere of the "You Rock My World" video has been postponed to an undetermined date.
The CB.S. network has decided to reschedule the new Michael Jackson short-film following last week's tragic events. Therefore, the video won't be seen in the U.S.A. until probably the end of September. And it is still scheduled to premiere on C.B.S.

The international release of the "You Rock My World" video will go on as scheduled, however. The long version of the short-film will premiere internationally on September 21st.





18/09/2001 Quote from Michael Jackson


In a recent statement to Rolling Stone magazine, Michael Jackson elaborated on the reasons behind his "What More Can I Give" humanitarian project.
He said, "I'm not one to sit back and point the finger and say, 'Oh, I feel bad for what happened to them.' I want to do something, to give to help those who lost their parents, who lost their mothers and their fathers. Those are our people. Those are our children. Those are our parents.
"I want the whole world to sing [What More Can I Give], to bring us together as a world, because a song is a mantra, something you repeat over and over. And we need peace, we need giving, we need love, we need unity."

 

 

17/09/2001 What More Can I Give


Michael Jackson has invited major American artists to join him in the recording of a new song to benefit the victims of Tuesday's tragic events.

The King of Pop hopes to raise $50 million for the survivors and their families. He will produce a song titled "What More Can I Give," and record it with an all-star cast of performers.

Michael Jackson is currently in the studio working on "What More Can I Give." This week, a demo version of the song will be sent to the artists committed to the project. Michael Jackson wishes to release the song as soon as possible.

In a statement sent to the media on Sunday, Michael Jackson said, "I believe in my heart that the music community will come together as one and rally to the aid of thousands of innocent victims. There is a tremendous need for relief dollars right now and through this effort each one of us can play an immediate role in helping comfort so many people.
We have demonstrated time and again that music can touch our souls. It is time we used that power to help us begin the process of healing immediately.
The lyrics to 'What More Can I Give' seek to help the world's citizens find solace in the wake of the attack on America and to create a sense of global unity in the face of mindless violence and mass murder."

All proceeds from the song will go to a relief fund for the families of the victims and the survivors.

Michael Jackson wrote and composed "What More Can I Give" in early 1999 but never released it. The song was inspired by Nelson Mandela.
On March 1999, as he was preparing "Michael Jackson & Friends," his charity concerts in Munich and Seoul, Michael Jackson released a statement to the press in which he refered to his creating "What More Can I Give."
He said, "In an earlier conversation I had this year with President Mandela, we discussed the concept of giving and the words 'What More Can I Give' kept coming into my mind. That will be a song of mine and a theme for my [forthcoming] shows. We all have to give and we all have to do what we can to help end the needless suffering in the world."

Michael Jackson also plans on recording a Spanish version of "What More Can I Give" to be released simultaneously as the original English version.
There are currently no plans to include "What More Can I Give" to the INVINCIBLE album.

 

 

12/09/2001 Michael Jackson Leaves New York City


Tuesday, September 11th, early in the afternoon, Michael Jackson left New York City. Following many requests from fans concerned about Michael's health, please be assured that Michael is safe and sound and was not in the vicinity of the World Trade Center when the tragedy happened.

 


10/09/2001 World Exclusive! INVINCIBLE Final Tracklisting

Here is the complete tracklisting of the INVINCIBLE album. All tracks in final order.

1- UNBREAKABLE
Produced by Michael Jackson & Rodney Jerkins
(Written by Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Nora Payne, Robert Smith, Christopher Wallace)

2- HEARTBREAKER
Produced by Michael Jackson & Rodney Jerkins
(Written by Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Mischke)

3- INVINCIBLE
Produced by Michael Jackson & Rodney Jerkins
(Written by Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Norman Gregg)

4- BREAK OF DAWN
Produced by Michael Jackson & Dr. Freeze
(Written by Michael Jackson, Dr. Freeze)

5- HEAVEN CAN WAIT
Produced by Michael Jackson & Teddy Riley
(Written by Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley Andreao Heard, Nate Smith, T. Beal, E. Laues, K. Quiller)

6- YOU ROCK MY WORLD
Produced by Michael Jackson & Rodney Jerkins
(Written by Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Nora Payne)

7- BUTTERFLIES
Produced by Michael Jackson & Andre Harris
(Written by Michael Jackson, Andre Harris, Marsha Ambrosius)

8- SPEECHLESS
Produced by Michael Jackson
(Written by Michael Jackson)

9- 2000 WATTS
Produced by Michael Jackson & Teddy Riley
(Written by Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, T. Gibson, J. Henson)

10- SHOUT
Produced by Michael Jackson & Teddy Riley
(Written by Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, Claude "Quo" Forbes, Samuel "Cyph" Hoskins, Carmen Lampson, Roy Hamilton)

11- DON'T WALK AWAY
Produced by Michael Jackson & Teddy Riley
(Written by Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, Richard Stites, Reed Vertelney)

12- PRIVACY
Produced by Michael Jackson & Rodney Jerkins
(Written by Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Bernard Bell)

13- CRY
Produced by Michael Jackson & R. Kelly
(Written by R. Kelly)

14- THE LOST CHILDREN
Produced by Michael Jackson
(Written by Michael Jackson)

15- WHATEVER HAPPENS
Produced by Michael Jackson & Teddy Riley
(Written by Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, C. Cang, J. Quay, G. Williams)

16- THREATENED
Produced by Michael Jackson & Rodney Jerkins
(Written by Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Robert Smith)

INVINCIBLE contains 16 tracks. An additional song titled "Whatever Happens" has been included to the album since it was first previewed a few months ago.
 


10/09/2001 The Life Of "You Rock My World" - Part II


This week, Michael Jackson's "You Rock My World" jumped to the #11 spot on the US Billboard Hot 100, after entering the chart last week at #34.

In Europe, "You Rock My World" is also climbing up the charts. It is this week's highest entry in Billboard's Music & Media European chart, debuting at #5. The Music & Media chart compiles sales and airplay for singles all over Europe. Michael's debut at #5 is only based on airplay since "You Rock My World" is not available commercially yet.

In regional news, "You Rock My World" entered the charts at #1 in Finland and at #2 in Spain.


 

07/09/2001 Michael rocks the Garden!

Michael rocked the Madison Square Garden tonight. Michael performed more than 70 minutes with his brothers, N Sync and Britney Spears. Michael also performed his new single Rock My World. Together with all artist Michael performed 'We Are The World' during the final of the show. Check out our Gallery page for the pictures of the event.

Performers and Songs:
-Usher, Mya & Whitney Houston
"Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"
-Billy Gilman
"Ben"
-Shaggy, Rayvon & Ricardo "Rikrok" Ducent
"Angel" & "It Wasn't Me"
-Monica, Al Jarreau, Jill Scott & Deborah Cox
The Wiz Medley (including The Wiz theme, "You Can't Win" & "Ease On Down The Road")
-James Ingram & Gloria Estefan
"I Just Can't Stop Loving You"
-Marc Anthony
"She's Out Of My Life"
-Mya, Tamia, Deborah Cox & Monica
"Heal The World"
-Liza Minnelli
"You Are Not Alone" & "Neverland"
-Destiny's Child
"Bootylicious"
-Ray Charles & Cassandra Wilson
"Variations"
-Michael Jackson & The Jacksons
Medley including "Can You Feel It," "ABC," "I'll Be There" & " I Want You Back."
-Michael Jackson, The Jacksons & *NSync
"Dancing Machine"
-Michael Jackson & The Jacksons
"Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)"
-Michael Jackson & Britney Spears
"The Way You Make Me Feel"
-Michael Jackson
"Billie Jean"
-Michael Jackson & Slash
"Black Or White" & "Beat It"
-Michael Jackson
"You Rock My World"
-All-Star ensemble, including Quincy Jones & The Legends of Jazz (David "Fathead" Newman, Les McCann, Herbie Mann, Al Jarreau, Clark Terry, Jimmy Smith, Cassandra Wilson), Ray Charles, Dionne Warwick, Kenny Rogers, James Ingram, Yoko Ono, Petula Clark, *NSync, Gloria Gaynor, Liza Minnelli, The Jacksons, Jill Scott, Monica, Deborah Cox, Tamia, Shaggy, Ricardo Ducent, Rayvon, Mya, Usher, Chris Tucker, Aaron Carter, Billy Gilman, Gloria Estefan, Marc Anthony
"We Are The World"

 

06/09/2001 Michael wows MTV Awards

The rumors were true. Tonight, Michael Jackson did indeed appear at
the MTV VMA Awards, guesting on the performance of 'N Sync.

During 'N Sync's performance, a giant etch-a-sketch appeared emblazoned
with the famous "king of Pop" bye line. There quickly followed that
famous silhouette, and Michael appeared as the screen was moved away. He surprised the crowd with a short but dazzling dance number. His cameo made headlines all over the world and was considered by observers and critics as the highlight of the show.

Michael looked great, with shorter, layered but wild hair and short
black jacket and pants over his trademark white t-shirt. He gave a
spirited cameo performance of many of his famous dance steps and ended
by pointing at the audience, as if to say "yes, more IS to come!"

Michael got the loudest cheers of the night, including those from his
sister Janet. And during the adverts CBS ran a trailer for their
forthcoming TV highlights of the MSG concerts, which they confirmed will
appear in November.

If you missed the performance, you will be able to catch it on an MTV
channel near you, repeatedly, for the next few weeks.

 

05/09/2001 Quote of the Month


"Thank you, but there will be better ones."

Michael Jackson, in reply to a fan complimenting him on "You Rock My World," New York, September 4th.


04/09/2001 Dangerous Expanded Edition - Final Tracklisting


The tracklisting of the expanded version of the Dangerous album has now been confirmed by Sony Music.
The new version of Dangerous will contain 13 tracks plus a bonus remix of "Dangerous."
The original song "Dangerous" will thus not appear on the expanded edition of the album.

Here is the final tracklisting:
1- Jam
2- Why You Wanna Trip On Me
3- In The Closet
4- She Drives Me Wild
5- Remember The Time
6- Can't Let Her Get Away
7- Heal The World
8- Black Or White
9- Who Is It
10- Give In To Me
11- Will You Be There
12- Keep The Faith
13- Gone Too Soon
14- Dangerous (Roger's Rough Dub - 6:59)

 

04/09/2001 "You Rock My World" Released in the USA!


Michael Jackson's "You Rock My World" is generating such great demand in the USA that Sony Music has finally decided to commercially release the single to the public.
"You Rock My World" will be available in the USA as a CD single and a cassette single from November 6th.



04/09/2001 "You Rock My World" Shoots To The Top - UPDATED


The King of Pop's new single has shot to the top of airplay charts in France, Denmark, Italy and Norway after massive early take-up from radio stations.
Thanks to the great and immediate support of Scandinavian radios, "You Rock My World" entered this week's Euro Hit 100 at #56 after just one day's plays.
The song is currently at #3 and #4 in Austria and Spain on the airplay trend charts.
In Italy, "You Rock My World" made a smashing debut on the airplay charts at #1. The early release of the single even made it on to two national evening news programs as well as reaching the front page of two daily papers.
On the other hand, reactions to the song have been mixed in the UK. "You Rock My World" is nevertheless climbing the airplay charts. It debuted at #58 last week and is #40 this week.
Music observers are convinced that the track has a huge potential in England. Chris Straw, head of music policy at Emap's Big City Network said, "It's our stations' duty to play the release. A new Jackson single is always big news for us. There's always big listener interest. It's a classic Jackson record, brought up to date."
In Holland, "You Rock My World" entered the airplay charts at #49, and in Switzerland, it debuted at #46. Those results are based on incomplete monitoring periods.
In Germany, after an early debut at #45 last week, the single has jumped to #9 this week.

Music industry observers are confident that "You Rock My World" will keep on climbing the charts in Europe.
Martin Talbot, editor of European music industry reference magazine Fono, dedicated his latest editorial to Michael Jackson's new single. In the publication, he wrote, "If the initial radio reaction is anything to go by, Michael Jackson is back as strong as ever with 'You Rock My World.' A classic Jackson track in every sense of the word. It comes with an album of equally high quality material. Given the current state of the record market, we should be grateful for that. If there's one thing that Jackson has always been pretty good at, it is getting punters into record shops and buying music."

Stay tuned for updates on the life of "You Rock My World".
 

31/08/2001   "You Rock My World" Makes Smashing Debut


The King of Pop's new single has made a smashing debut around the world.
It is this week's top debut track on the US Billboard Hot 100. Early airplay places the song at #34.
In Europe, the new single has made history. It entered the Airplay charts at #1 in France, a feat that no other artist has ever achieve. "You Rock My World" has also enter the charts at #1 in Norway and Denmark.
The release of the new song in the United Kingdom has also been a great event. 80% of stations included the song on heavy rotation by the week-end following the premiere. On TV, the single was even broadcast on both GMTV and Big Breakfast. Only with Michael Jackson!
In Germany, the launch of "You Rock My World" was also a smashing event. The release made all the news programs including the dailies, networks and music channels. All major radio stations started to play "You Rock My World" immediately and it went into the official playlists on the following Monday.
In Holland, the release of "You Rock My World" was a typical Michael Jackson event. At 8:30 in the morning of Friday, August 24, six members of Sony Music walked into the offices of the six biggest radios of the country. At 8:45, all stations premiered the new single simultaneously, thus reaching a total audience of 25% of the country's population.
In Japan, Michael Jackson's return to the airwaves has been a huge success. Major stations in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sapporo and Sendai have instantly added the new track to their playlist.
In Australia, Friday, August 24 has been declared "Michael Jackson Day" around the country. The release of the song enjoyed a massive coverage and instant airplay success.
In Latin America, the major markets of Brazil, Argentina and Mexico massively played the new song since its release, making it the biggest hit of the week.
In Asia, The reaction to "You Rock My World" was incredible according to media observers. The single went on all stations at the official time. The airdate was news on all the dailies, music channels as well as the networks. Even in a market where international artists get little exposure, Michael Jackson is the exception.

"You Rock My World" has been an instant success around the world. Stay tuned for updates on the life of Michael Jackson's smashing new single.

 

31/08/2001   "You Rock My World" Short-Film Postponed


The world premiere of the "You Rock My World" short-film has been postponed to September 20th.
It was originally planned for September 17th.
The video will be available in two versions. A full-length version (approx. 9mn) and a short version (approx. 5mn).
 

30/08/2001   Michael Jackson Rings NASDAQ Bell


This morning, at 9:30 a.m., Michael Jackson made a special appearance at the NASDAQ market site in Times Square, New York.
Escorted by NASDAQ's Chief Executive Officer Wick Simmons and Executive Vice President David Weild, the King of Pop opened the stock market by ringing the NASDAQ bell.
The short ceremony ended with a surprise birthday celebration. Michael Jackson was presented with a big birthday cake and a framed vintage poster of actress Shirley Temple. «I’m deeply moved,» said Michael Jackson as he received the gift, a personal surprise from producer David Gest.

Hundreds of people had gathered in the street outside the market to attend the event. The King of Pop blew kisses to the crowd and thanked the fans for their support.


30/08/2001   *NSync To Perform At Tribute Concert After All


*NSync will perform a special number with the Jacksons at the Michael Jackson tribute concert on September 7th.
After being cancelled due to conflicting schedules, the collaboration is now back on tracks. *NSync will definitely perform with the King of Pop and the Jacksons on stage at the Madison Square Garden.

 

28/08/2001   "You Rock My World" Single Released in the USA

Although "You Rock My World" won't be released as a commercial CD or cassette single in the USA, it will be available to collectors and jukebox owners as a commercial 7-inch vinyl single.
This rare edition will be a double-sided pressing with the album version on both sides.
The 7-inch vinyl single of "You Rock My World" will be released on October 2nd.

 

24/08/2001   INVINCIBLE Campaign - Planning Update


SEPTEMBER

7th - Michael Jackson Tribute Concert at Madison Square Garden in New York.
10th - Michael Jackson Tribute Concert at Madison Square Garden in New York.
17th - World premiere of the "You Rock My World" short-film.

OCTOBER

8th - Commercial international release date of the "You Rock My World" single (no commercial release in the USA).
15th - International release date of the expanded editions of Off The Wall, Thriller, Bad and Dangerous.
16th - American release date of the expanded editions of Off The Wall, Thriller, Bad and Dangerous.
29th - International release date of the INVINCIBLE album.
30th - North American release date of the INVINCIBLE album.

NOVEMBER

12th - International release date of HIStory - Greatest Hits Volume 1.
13th - American release date of HIStory - Greatest Hits - Volume 1.

 

24/08/2001   You Rock My World - Short Film Update


Filming of the "You Rock My World" short-film was officially finished on Tuesday, August 21st.
Director Paul Hunter is currently working on editing and post-production of the film.

Paul Hunter is one of the most famous directors of the music video world. Since 1997, he has laid down a new style in music videos. His credits include Whitney Houston's "Step By Step," Mariah Carey's "Honey," Janet Jackson's "I Get Lonely," Will Smith's "Wild Wild West," Jennifer Lopez' "If You Had My Love" and "TLC's "Unpretty."

The release of the "You Rock My World" short-film has been rescheduled. It will now premiere worldwide on September 17th.

 

23/08/2001   3rd Concert In Doubt


In spite of Michael Jackson's wish to perform another concert at the Madison Square Garden on Sunday, September 9, production of the additional show couldn't fit in the tight schedule.
Producer David Gest has decided to cancel the plans for the tentative show on Sunday, September 9. However, he hopes to be able to postpone the additional concert to a later date the same month.

In other concert news, pop band *NSync will not duet with the Jacksons on the September 7 show.
Said David Gest, "Due to scheduling conflicts, Michael Jackson and *NSync will not have time to rehearse the 'Dancing Machine' number with the Jacksons in the way Michael planned to present it. Unfortunately, *NSync will be rehearsing their MTV Video Music Awards performance on Wednesday and Thursday while Michael will be rehearsing for his shows at the Garden. The two schedules just conflict and *NSync will not be in New York prior to that. Michael looks forward to working with *NSync in the future as he is a very big fan of the group.''

 

23/08/2001   INVINCIBLE It Is


Today, Sony Music President Tommy Mottola, Epic Records Chairman Dave Glew and Epic Records President Polly Anthony issued a press statement confirming that Michael Jackson's new album will be titled INVINCIBLE and will be released on October 29th internationally and on October 30th in North America.

In the press release, Tommy Mottola says, "INVINCIBLE contains some of Michael Jackson's finest work to date. He continues to grow as an artist and, together with his talented cowriters and coproducers, he has created a fresh body of music that is destined to take its place alongside the greatest recordings in Pop history. Music lovers around the world will be surprised and delighted by the power, depth and range of INVINCIBLE.''

Dave Glew adds, "As a singer, composer, producer, arranger and musician, Michael Jackson is one of the most talented and influential artists in the history of recorded music. The release of this new album is a global event. From 'You Rock My World' to `Speechless, INVINCIBLE is a towering musical achievement, that breaks new ground for this pioneering artist.''

Continues Polly Anthony, "'You Rock My World' represents the very best of Michael Jackson. Simply put, this record is a global smash!''

The press statement also states that the director of the "You Rock My World" short film is Paul Hunter.

 

23/08/2001   "You Rock My World" - Radio Premiere Advanced


Sony Music has advanced the radio release of Michael Jackson's new single.
"You Rock My World" will premiere worldwide tomorrow morning.

 

21/08/2001   Madison Square Garden Concerts - Update


A few changes have been made to the line-up for the Madison Square Garden concerts.
Whitney Houston, Aaron Carter and Slash have been added to the line-up for the second concert, Monday September 10.
Bobby Brown will perform on both shows.
3T will now perform on the second show, Monday, September 10.
Due to other engagements, Lil' Kim won't be performing, however.

The musical conductors of the shows are Michael's long-time friend Greg Phillinganes and Joey Melotti.

 

21/08/2001   Michael Jackson To Ring NASDAQ Bell


The King of Pop will make a special appearance on Thursday, August 30, at 9:30 am in Times Square, New York, at the corner of 43rd Street and Broadway to ring the NASDAQ bell, which is rung to start the tradings of the day.
For this occasion, the famous giant Times Square Jumbotron screen will show Michael Jackson videos.
Fans are invited to come and greet the King of Pop on this special event. Everyone will be able to see him as the event will take place at NASDAQ's Market located at street level, offering a clear view for passers-by through the wide windows.
Michael Jackson's appearance at the NASDAQ Market opening will be broadcast around the world on financial news media.
 


20/08/2001   "You Rock My World" Unauthorized Radio Debut


On Friday, August 17th, "You Rock My World" premiered on two radio stations in New York.
An unidentified source leaked the song to the radios without authorization from Sony Music or Michael Jackson.

Shortly afterwards, copies of the track have been created and circulated through the internet, ultimately reaching airplay on radio stations around the world.

Sony Music has now taken action to prevent radio stations from playing Michael Jackson's new single.
Both radio stations that originally premiered "You Rock My World" in New York have been ordered to not play the song anymore. And they have agreed to do so.

The copy of "You Rock My World" that has been played so far has not been validated by Michael Jackson. It is of poor quality and does not deliver the high standard in production that Michael Jackson has always dedicated himself to.

As a result of this unexpected development, Sony Music has decided to advance the official radio premiere of "You Rock My World." The King of Pop's new single will debut worldwide on August 29th, on Michael Jackson's birthday.

 

Sources: Planet Jackson - MJ News International - Billboard Online
GetMusic.com - MJIFC - AP - Reuters - Yahoo! News - MJFC